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Miscellaneous, mostly conc. Monmouthshire

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Miscellaneous, mostly conc. Monmouthshire
12th-19th century
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(1) Twelve Latin charters, mostly grants to the De Bereford family of lands in Sutton Coldfield, Warws.; late 12th-14th century (no. 8 a later copy). Mounted on quarto sheets. With old photographic prints of the charters;-

(2) Extracts, some 16th century, conc. property in Beckford, Glos.; other documents and transcripts relating to the same including an extent, 1604, and an indenture conc. Bredon Hill pasture, 1 Oct. 1618;-

(3) Correspondence of the Higford family of Dixton, Glos., including letters of Judge Robert Tracey (1655-1735; see DNB) to John Higford, and others, c. 1720;-

(4) Contemporary copy of the Institutions or Advice to his grandson (John Higford) by William Higford, set out as for publication, with poems addressed to the author and other members of the Higford family. The work was published, in abridged form, 1658. With a poem on the death of Edward Higford, 22 Jan. 1658. For William Higford (c. 1581-1657) see A. Wood, Athenae Oxon. (ed. P. Bliss, 4 vols., 1813-20), III, 429-30; DNB. For the circumstances of the original publication see the letter of Clement Barksdale to Anthony Wood, 8 Nov. 1683, in Bodl. Lib., MS Tanner 41, fol. 182v (inf. Ian Atherton, 1990). Two further copies of the longer manuscript version were owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps (Phillipps MSS 11587, 13098; the former was later sold at Sotheby's, 21-6 March 1895, lot 408; and the latter on 28-9 June 1965, lot 149; 19-22 June 1983, lot 295). The present copy omits Greek phrases in the original text. A later transcript, 1851, is BL Add. MS 45714;-

(5) Poems, Latin and English, late 17th century;-

(6) Copies of letters, etc., temp. Jas. II, including a letter of Magdalen College, Oxford, to a legal adviser conc. the disputed election of Anthony Farmer as their President, 3 Oct. 1687;-

(7) Letters of Octavius Morgan, George Robinson (of the Cambrian Archaeological Association), etc., mid 19th century;-

(8) Transcripts from surveys, 1651-1717, relating to manors of the Duke of Beaufort in Monmouthshire;-

(9) Small notebook relating to Usk;-

(10) Speech of James I in the Star Chamber and his charge to judges, 20 June 1616, contemporary copy made by Edward Wakeman (with an edition by Thomas Wakeman, c. 1848); legal cases, including the arraignment, 1631, of Mervin, Lord Audley, 2nd Earl of Castlehaven (see GEC); miscellaneous copies and extracts, including an account of the Battle of Navarino, 20 Oct. 1827, by Lieut. W. Morris, officer on HMS 'Genoa', sent to Miss Rogers of Dowdeswell (his future wife); pedigrees;-

(11) Printed material including:- The Political Martyrs.. persecuted in 1793-4.. (for advocating the reform of Parliament) (London, Charles Wood, octavo); offprint, etc., by Octavius Morgan; description of a carved oak frieze from Usk priory (see MSS/0790/050/05); copy of the Hereford Times, 17 Aug. 1867, reporting the Hereford meeting of the Cambrian Archaeological Association. Portfolio. Half cloth, maroon, with marbled boards. Contents mostly loose.
Wakeman, Thomas (1788-1868), Monmouthshire antiquary
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